It is easy to talk about faith, or to encourage someone to have faith, but is it always easy to put one's faith into action? The story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17 is a perfect example of putting faith into action. David, a youth was brave enough to challenge Goliath who had been terrorizing the people of God for forty days and nights. David knew about God’s power, and did not have to know much about Goliath to challenge him. David had seen how powerful God was in his life, and how He was a faithful shepherd. Although he was a youth, David moved in faith, knowing God would fight for him. He believed that the battle was the Lord's and that He would deliver him from Goliath. God fought on behalf of David. "…but there was no sword in the hand of David.” 1 Samuel 17:50. This was a miracle! David prevailed and Goliath was defeated.

Years back, I came across Christian movies which portray faith in action. Facing the Giants and War Room by the Kendrick Brothers, are some of my favorite Christian movies. In these movies, one can see the importance of prayer, and putting faith into action. God is real! He is omnipotent. Nothing is impossible with Him. This theme comes through and through in these movies. I like how the heroes in both movies do not give up when faced with life’s challenges, but turn to God in prayer. The heroes believe that He will intervene and bring a solution to their challenges. These Christian movies portray how believers deal with their challenges. They don’t give up, but turn to God in faith.

In this post, I will discuss a few points which stood out for me in Facing the Giants, and in War Room.

Facing the Giants 

We all face giants in our lives at some point. Giants can come in different shapes and form. The story of David and Goliath teaches that we do not need to fear the giants in our lives, because God is greater than them. He is able to fight those giants on our behalf if we surrender them to Him.

In the movie, Facing the Giants, the main character, Grant Taylor is facing great challenges. He is a football coach at Shiloh Christian Academy, a good school. Grant has not won a single game in six years, and people are beginning to lose faith in him. Worst of all, his best players keep transferring to rival teams in other schools. One day he receives a letter that one of his best players had also transferred to a different school to join a rival team. Losing seems inevitable, with the best player gone. They are guaranteed of losing once again. At this point, some members of the school board plot to have him fired because they don’t think he is capable of winning. He overhears a conversation in which some parents plot to have him replaced.

Grant Taylor’s home life is also full of different challenges. In desperation, he turns to God for help. He decides to give God everything and leave the results to Him. He motivates his team to do their best and leave the results to God. His new philosophy works because at the end, we see dramatic results, both in the team and in his home life. Grant goes beyond his call of duty by also helping out one of the students who has a poor relationship with his parent.

Although Shiloh Christian Academy is a Christian school, it is clear they needed to learn to live out their faith. As a Christian school, they had to learn to practice what they were preaching. They had to seek God and learn to trust Him fully. They had to turn to prayer. Being known as a losing school was not good. Some students would transfer to more successful schools. The experience from Shiloh Christian Academy teaches that it is not enough just to be in a Christian school, or to call yourself a Christian. Actions speak louder than words. One has to be dedicated and trust God fully, and follow His ways. Grant Taylor teaches his team members that they have to love God and also love others as they love themselves.

When the school begins to be more dedicated to serving the Lord, they see more positive results. Poor performing students improve their grades, one student changes his behavior and begins to respect his parent, the team surrenders to God and begin to trust Him more. Shiloh football team becomes a good team. There are many positive changes in Grant’s life as well. His prayers are answered. He receives a new truck and he maintains his job. Students at the school study the Bible and seek God in prayer. The prayer life of the school improves. They all learn that nothing is impossible with God. In Facing the Giants, one can see the results of putting God first and trusting Him to intervene when facing life’s challenges.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

War Room

When you are facing challenges in your life and do not know how to deal with them, what do you do? In War Room, the Jordan family seems to be falling apart and there seems to be no solution to their problems. Elizabeth Jordan, a real estate agent, meets an elderly lady, Ms Clara who is selling her house.

Ms Clara is a devout Christian woman who has learnt from her past mistakes. She notices during their conversations that Elizabeth keeps fighting losing battles, and she reaches out to her. She inspires Elizabeth to pray more, and to surrender her battles to the Lord. At this point, Elizabeth is also tired of fighting. Friendship develops between the two women, and Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara is a woman of strong faith. After a failed robbery attempt, Elizabeth realizes that Ms Clara lives out her faith everywhere. She is surprised that Ms Clara would call on Jesus' name during an attempted robbery.

Sometimes, we learn about faith through interacting with other people, especially those who have been walking with the Lord for a long time. It is important for one to set a good example because actions have an impact on other people. Unfortunately, not all people we meet in life are exemplary like Ms Clara, who was willing to be a positive influence on Elizabeth. Ms Clara was willing to teach Elizabeth about the life of faith. She would not let Elizabeth make the same mistakes that she did.

Miss Clara makes Elizabeth realize that it is not enough to be a luke-warm Christian. One should make up their mind on which side they wish to belong to. After Ms Clara's house tour, Elizabeth is inspired to clear her closet, remove all the distractions in her life, and start praying more.

"To win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy and resources because victories don’t come by accident." Ms Clara

Elizabeth learns how to surrender her battles to the Lord after realizing her old strategies were not working. She learns to trust God for the victories. She takes Ms Clara’s advice and allows God to fight for her. Elizabeth learns to study scripture more. Her life is transformed, even her husband notices the change.

War Room emphasizes not giving up even when everything seems hopeless, because God is able. This movie encourages one to develop a strong relationship with the Lord through prayer and studying of scripture. We also learn about the life of surrender. When we surrender our lives to God, we realize that only He can help us. He takes control. There is nothing He cannot handle. We also learn about the power of intercessory prayer. Prayers offered on behalf of others are also answered.

It is important to note that prayers are not always answered in the way we expect sometimes. Although Elizabeth’s husband lost his job, they are a happy family in the end. Their child, Danielle is also happy to see joy in them. The Jordan family realizes that there are more things which matter in life than having a luxurious lifestyle. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36

Putting faith into action requires trust in the Lord. One cannot face these giants alone without God. Prayer is a necessity!